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AsgersWeb reviewed Batman #94 Jul 8, 2020
9.0

My opinion might change when the entire story is out but I don't get why people are hating on this. This book was brilliant. The scene with Bruce and Selina on the phone was so emotional. The ending seemed rushed, I would've liked to se it later on in the run. But overall this is gearing up to be one epic arc, I would've liked them to have some more small scale stories after King's run and then ge more

Batman #94

By: James Tynion IV, Rafael Albuquerque
Released: Jul 8, 2020

The Designer’s machinations have left Batman’s life in tatters! Gotham City’s ambitious rebuilding has skittered to a halt as  new powers are rising to shape its destiny-and Batman is powerless to stop them! With no Alfred or Bat-Family to lean on, the Dark Knight stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary! 

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Liem Duong - Jul 8, 2020

The Bat-Cat thing was super cheesy, not gonna lie. It reminded me of King's dialogue between them. For god sake just use each other's names.

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TP reviewed Harley Quinn #74 Jul 7, 2020
1.0

This is what happens when a bad editor (Brian Cunningham aka the dude who kicked Gail Simone off Batgirl in hi first day at the office) teams up with a yes man writer. A badly written, horribly edited mess of a book with no redeeming qualities. We could talk about the elephant in the room that is the erasure of Harley and Ivy as a couple but the writer will blame it to the editor and the editor to more

Harley Quinn #74

By: Sam Humphries, Sami Basri
Released: Jul 8, 2020

Harley Quinn’s sojourn in L.A. has been full of tragedy and heartbreak, from the death of her friend to uncovering a deep web of moral compromise that’d make even the most sadistic Batman villain’s stomach churn. In the epic finale to our story, Harley will come face to face with the person pulling the strings and learn who’s out to see her...

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Liem Duong - Jul 7, 2020

Eh, never liked Palomotti's and Conner's version of HQ in the first place/ And tbh i don't see much of a distinction with Humphire's version either.

Nihilist - Jul 8, 2020

Same here, Liem. I really hate how Harley was turned into a one dimensional Mary Sue after Dini stepped down, and I certainly don't see much of a difference between Palmiotti/Conner take on the character and this one (or Tieri's for that matter). Same trash. Albeit I gotta say calling Humphries a "yes man" is pretty much spot on.

Liem Duong reviewed DCeased: Dead Planet #1 Jul 7, 2020
9.0

Classic Tom Taylor. DCeased returns with a much anticipated sequel to DCeased. And it doesn't disappoint. It fast paced, it emotional, it has highs, lows, this comic out the gate is a roller coaster, speeding straight off from its prequel.

Tom Taylor is a superstar writer with works such as DCeased and Injustice. And his sequel to DCeased shares lot of similarities with his past work more

DCeased: Dead Planet #1

By: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Jul 8, 2020

After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters-including Earth’s Greatest Heroes-our planet was as good as dead.
Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Cassie Sandsmark-the Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman of Earth 2-back to a dead planet...but what will this new Justice League find waiting fo...

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman #94 Jul 7, 2020
6.5

Well, that concludes Dark Designs. Overall, this story arc was quite refreshing after King's run with City of Bane, and is by no means a slouch of a run. On the contrary, it is probably some of my favorite Batman story-telling coming from DC as of late. But this final issue is kind of rough, but also enlightening at the same time? So most people would say this is a melo-dramatic filler, which I ca more

Batman #94

By: James Tynion IV, Rafael Albuquerque
Released: Jul 8, 2020

The Designer’s machinations have left Batman’s life in tatters! Gotham City’s ambitious rebuilding has skittered to a halt as  new powers are rising to shape its destiny-and Batman is powerless to stop them! With no Alfred or Bat-Family to lean on, the Dark Knight stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary! 

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Liem Duong reviewed Join the Future #1 Jul 6, 2020
9.0

Woooo. Aftershock comes in banging. Kaplan and Kowalski introduces a world that shows two distinct lifestyles, a futuristic care-free Utopian haven and the rugged " old-ways " of primitive Western-style farmers and hunters, but there is a deeper more sinister secret between these two peoples.

The contrast between these two life-styles complimented by the art from Kowalski as well as th more

Join the Future #1

By: Zack Kaplan, Piotr Kowalski
Released: Mar 4, 2020

The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with every need met, from food to housing and healthcare, in order to com-pete in an economic power struggle in which population is key.
But a few rural residents still cling to their independence in what last American small towns are left. Whe...

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Liem Duong reviewed Dead Day #1 Jul 6, 2020
8.0

An intriguing enough beginning to entice readers in. Zombie Fiction is evolving, any books like Year Zero, Kids, and now Dead Day and leading the charge on the next age of zombie fiction.

What really carries this book is how it approaches the zombie genre. It is centered around a " Dead Day " in where once a year at night, the dead can rise from their graves. These zombies ain't the eat more

Dead Day #1

By: Ryan Parrott, Evgeny Bornyakov
Released: May 27, 2020

If the dead could come back for just one night, would we want them to?

Meet the Haskins, a seemingly normal suburban family, as they prepare for the annual macabre holiday known as "Dead Day" - when the deceased rise from the grave from sunset to sunrise. Some come back to reunite with family and friends, others for one last night of deba...

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Liem Duong reviewed Hawkeye: Freefall #6 Jul 2, 2020
9.0

***Reviews the entire series***

This was pretty fire. For somebody who has never read or got to know Hawkeye that well, this was an excellent comic to know who he is as of 2020. The story basically is that Ronin, Hawkeye's old persona is back in action, except Clint never took back the mantle. So whos Ronin?

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Hawkeye: Freefall #6

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Otto Schmidt
Released: Jul 1, 2020

Bullseye wants to hurt Clint in any way he can, so he’s playing dress-up and taking the archer’s (not-so) good name on a deadly tour of New York. Meanwhile, the Hood has had enough of Clint’s games and decides to put an end to them once and for all. He puts a price on Clint’s head so high that every villain, merc and thug in the city is goi...

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KittyNone reviewed All-America Comix #1 Jul 1, 2020
2.5

Wow I was so excited for this comic and... yeah, it's terrible, actually. Joe Casey is desperately trying to write a modern teenager and the result is one of those cringe-inducing affairs where an adult makes it clear that they haven't spoken to a teenager since they were in high school. It reads like he made a list of every slang term employed by anyone under 40 in the last ten years and wanted t more

All-America Comix #1

By: Joe Casey, Dustin Nguyen
Released: Jul 1, 2020

Her last name is VASQUEZ! Her first name...says it all! And when confronted with the hidden secret of the universe, you won't believe the cosmic truth she uncovers! Brought to you by the Wildcats Version 3.0 team of JOE CASEY and DUSTIN NGUYEN-reunited for the first time in fifteen years!

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5.5

I could swear that I’ve read this exact same story somewhere before. Maybe I’m the one going crazy. I liked the art a lot though, and the writing style is good despite everything.

Joker: Killer Smile: The Smile Killer #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: Jun 24, 2020

It wouldn't be a Joker story without a surprise...and right on cue, here's an unexpected one-shot epilogue to Joker: Killer Smile! Young Bruce Wayne grew up watching The Mr. Smiles Show - and the show might have been watching him back! And not only was young Bruce watching, he was listening... listening as Mr. Smiles spoke across the airwaves only ...

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Liem Duong - Jun 30, 2020

Last Knight on Earth?

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Briton reviewed Adventureman #1 Jun 22, 2020
3.0

It looks great, but...

Apparently pulp entertainment is all "racist, sexist, colonial, imperial nonsense" which is "hard to stomach at best" so the team present a story where virtually all the characters are women from every conceivable cultures (except the chronically underrepresented one legged eskimo of mixed heritage). The editorial is littered with extremist rubbish.

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Adventureman #1

By: Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson
Released: Jun 10, 2020

SERIES PREMIERE! A CATACLYSMIC ADVENTURE DECADES IN THE MAKING!
In this WILDLY AFFORDABLE TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE, revisit how the legend of the greatest pulp hero of them all, ADVENTUREMAN, ended in a heartbreaking CLIFFHANGER with our hero facing execution at the vile hand of his ultra-nemesis BARON BIZARRE on the eve of the MACABRAPOCALYP...

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Liem Duong - Jun 28, 2020

I did not get that from this book, at all. Even though I am not into pulp, I did see the problem with the protagonist being female in a pulp fiction comic.

7.0

This anniversary was good. Wasn't as good as Robin or JOker, but still a pretty solid extra-size special. alot of these stories while light, were pretty fun and described different aspects of Catwoman's life. Her good, her bad, her greed, her compassion, each one of those get a story.

Some stories were okay like the ones from Ram V, Liam Sharp, and Jeff Parker. among others. My favorit more

Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Catwoman 80th Anniversary #1

By: Ed Brubaker, Cameron Stewart
Released: Jun 3, 2020

Our gal Catwoman is turning 80 next year (and looking very good, if we meow say), and DC is celebrating with nothing less than with a huge soiree, invite only, packed with creators who mean the most to her and to whom she means the most! Stories featured in this 100-page spectacular include a tail-sorry, tale-that takes place at the end of the Brub...

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Liem Duong reviewed Year Zero #2 Jun 26, 2020
9.0

This is a really unique take on a zombie story. Never really seen anything like it, 5 different people from 5 different parts of the globe, 5 different lives, each experiencing a zombie pandemic through 5 different points of view. And it all flows together really well.

Basically, we are continuing the progression of this zombie apocalypse. Now that it has happened, each of them has to more

Year Zero #2

By: Ben Percy, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist-five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon ...

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Liem Duong reviewed Empyre: Avengers #0 Jun 25, 2020
6.0

Gave this a shot. So from what I heard, this is basically a set-up issue for those who don't understand the background of this event and what lead up to it. And does it serve its function?

Yeah, this was a good introduction for newbies like me to understand the bare minimum of what is going on. The Kree-Skrull War now is the Kree-Skrull Alliance? Okay cool.

But other than th more

Empyre: Avengers #0

By: Al Ewing, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Tony Stark wakes from strange dreams - as old allies make a distress call to the Avengers. In the new Green Area of the Moon, the Cotati are waiting with news of a terrible enemy that could wipe out both them and humanity itself. The Celestial Messiah has returned... but are the Avengers ready to hear his message?
Rated T+

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8.5

Out of all the anthologies, including DC and AC, this tied with Joker and AC is prob the best one. Tbh, all of these anthologies DC have been pumping out were pretty good, the worst one being WW wasn't even that bad.

To me, there were no standouts, because all of them were great. From Tynion to Lemire to Marz, even Tamaki, all of their stories were cool. I guess that is the charm of Gr more

Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary #1

By: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
Released: Jun 24, 2020

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil could ever escape their sight! The Green Lanterns are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC Universe safe. Join us to see tales of all of the universe's most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and appearances from other cosm...

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7.5

Finally got around to reading this book. And what can I say, its just pure fun. Albeit, cosmic-level complicated multiversal stakes fun, but still fun. Snyder and Capullo returns with their sequel Death Metal to wrap up over 3 years of continuity story-telling and even hints to the DC's future moving forward.

First, Metal! Snyder must really like Metal music to base his gigantic continu more

Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Jun 17, 2020

Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond...

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Liem Duong reviewed That Texas Blood #1 Jun 25, 2020
7.5

Not a bad start, especially for a rookie duo such as Condon and Phillips. I hear this is Chris Condon's first book ever in the industry, so for his official start, it was good.

Starting with the art, Phillips excellently captures the neo-Western lifestyle of Texas with his line work darkened with ink. The colors as well, while might seem amateur-ish on its own, really works in this cri more

That Texas Blood #1

By: Chris Condon, Jacob Phillips
Released: Jun 24, 2020

SERIES PREMIERE

CRIMINAL colorist and first time solo artist JACOB PHILLIPS and writer CHRIS CONDON break onto the scene with a brand-new ongoing series! Like Paris, Texas gut-punched by No Country for Old Men, this mature neo-Western crime series kicks off when the search for a casserole dish leads to a dark and tense confrontation on She...

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Nihilist reviewed Batman #93 Jun 23, 2020
7.5

After King's disastrous Batman arc, leaving more loose ties and unresolved plot points I can possibly name, DC decided to play safe for once and give fans a more... conventional story, one that wouldn't try to reinvent and deconstruct avery aspect of what it means to be Batman, one that wouldn't feature more filler than actual plot, and one that certainly would not smell its own farts pretending t more

Batman #93

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Batman faces off with the Designer as "Their Dark Designs" reaches its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. In the midst of all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. "Joker War" is coming, a...

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FinanceGuy15 - Jun 25, 2020

I'll leave a reality-check for you buddy. There won't be any twists in Joker War that a 5-year old can't see.

Liem Duong - Jun 25, 2020

Well this one had a good chunk of twists that I was half-expecting, but not the way I expected it to happen. If this is the precedent we will be seeing from Tynion, then Joker War is something I will be looking forward too.

8.0

I really liked this. For those who was disappointed by Snyder's version of Batman in Last Knight, than this is the version you were looking for.

To start, the art, panels and lettering are absolutely top notch. Sorrentino's art is so unique to fit this psychological thriller niche, faded but has texture that really gives the book an edge to it. The colors as well, switching from dark t more

Joker: Killer Smile: The Smile Killer #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: Jun 24, 2020

It wouldn't be a Joker story without a surprise...and right on cue, here's an unexpected one-shot epilogue to Joker: Killer Smile! Young Bruce Wayne grew up watching The Mr. Smiles Show - and the show might have been watching him back! And not only was young Bruce watching, he was listening... listening as Mr. Smiles spoke across the airwaves only ...

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Jokerman reviewed Batman #93 Jun 23, 2020
1.0

Nonsense issue. Punchline is an overhyped character with boring and senseless reasons and origin

Batman #93

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Batman faces off with the Designer as "Their Dark Designs" reaches its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. In the midst of all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. "Joker War" is coming, a...

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Liem Duong - Jun 24, 2020

did you read the entire issue. Punchline was prob the most insignificant part of this issue.

Liem Duong reviewed Batman: Damned #3 Jun 24, 2020
6.0

*** Reviews the entire series ***

Damn. The debut of DC Black Label courtesy of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. Gotta say, it was both underwhelming and impressive at the same time. In this elseworld tale, Batman has fallen unconscious and wounded, to wake up to the death of the Joker. Who did it? With the help of one John Constantine, Batman sets off to piece together perhaps his most more

Batman: Damned #3

By: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo
Released: Jun 26, 2019

The stunning conclusion to the groundbreaking miniseries by the critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo is here! Batman's most baffling case brings him face to face with his worst nightmare in this highly anticipated finale!

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Liem Duong reviewed Wonder Woman #750 Jun 23, 2020
5.0

I am so sad to see that even if WW receives a extra-size, it still the worst one.

I am going to review this extra-size 80th Anniversary in two ways. The first is the ongoing story of WW Reibrth, and the second is the rest of the anthology.

The ongoing story with Cheetah and this sword and Diana's patron, I just don't care anymore. After Rucka, no writer besides the Jason ar more

Wonder Woman #750

By: Vita Ayala, Elena Casagrande
Released: Jan 22, 2020

Prestige Format
An all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! In the lead story, Wonder Woman's epic "Year of the Villain" battle comes to a close, leading the way to new challenges ahead. Additionally, this oversized gem tells tales from Diana's past, present and future by some of the gr...

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Liem Duong reviewed Spider-Man: Life Story #6 Jun 23, 2020
10

***Reviews the entire series***

A comic series that will stand the test of time. Zdarsky has really given rise to his career by producing probably one of thee best works in his time, Spider-man: Life Story.

Following Spider-man in real time, from his introduction to in 1963 to the year 2019, it focus on 6 different decades in Spider-man's life, and how he deals with what eac more

Spider-Man: Life Story #6

By: Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley
Released: Aug 28, 2019

THE REAL-TIME LIFE STORY OF SPIDER-MAN CONCLUDES!
The year is 2019, and the 72-year-old web-slinger is about to embark on his final adventure! Will the end of Spider-Man's life story mean the end of his life?
Rated T

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10

Wow, who would have thought that Green Lantern would get the best treatment out of all these dumb celebration issues that DC has been doing. I think I liked every story in this issue. Starts off with an great story by Tynion and Gary Frank and keeps on going. The art is great, all the stories are fun to read. Definitely recommend this one if you are a fan of Green Lantern

Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary #1

By: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
Released: Jun 24, 2020

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil could ever escape their sight! The Green Lanterns are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC Universe safe. Join us to see tales of all of the universe's most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and appearances from other cosm...

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Br'er Lapin AKA 20-Ish Ceiln - Jun 24, 2020

Yeah, I don't think these are dumb. Especially not Detective 1000 or Action 1000. Those were huge milestones. 80 years is also a nice milestone. At least they didn't call them DC #1000 *cough*

YourGreenMuse - Jun 24, 2020

Yeah, I agree that 80 years is a nice, profitable milestone. And you know, if semantics were profitable...

Liem Duong reviewed Punisher: Soviet #6 Jun 23, 2020
8.0

***Reviews the entire series***

Garth Ennis returns to Punisher and MAX Comics with a Soviet-Inspired mission with some classic Punisher Style violence. A Russian mob boss is deciding to go legit, but a former Soviet solider comes out of the woods to kill him for his actions he has done in his life. The Punisher investigates this conflict on behalf of the government, but what he unravel more

Punisher: Soviet #6

By: Garth Ennis, Jacen Burrows
Released: Mar 25, 2020

• The soul-chilling end of PUNISHER: SOVIET is here.
•  Frank and Val have fought side-by-side against not only a Russian mob but also against the tide of history and these issues will make you see The Punisher (and possibly the world) differently than you do now.
Explicit Content

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6.0

Definitely turning into a better direction. I was a huge fan of Lobdell's work in the first half of this second volume of RHATO, but after Artemis and Bizarro left, it started b-lining to another story that didn't retain much attraction, although had some good ideas. This comic run as of recent felt lost, wandering around until it could find its stride. And this issue is giving those holding out a more

Red Hood and the Outlaws #46

By: Scott Lobdell, Paolo Pantalena
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Red Hood, Artemis, and Bizarro have their hands full-and until now they thought the biggest problem they had to face was the uprising of the Untitled during the political protests in Qurac! They're about to learn this ancient race might very well be the lesser of two evils when the Outlaws square off against one of the oldest and most dangerous thr...

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman #93 Jun 23, 2020
7.5

This was a good issue, and to be forewarned, this is an issue that will make people extremely excited or let down, depending on what you were expecting from Dark Designs.

First off, the art is awesome like always. I know some people don't like March's art, but it is perfect for a Batman story like this. Inks, colors, composition, layouts are were superb as well.

Now onto th more

Batman #93

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Batman faces off with the Designer as "Their Dark Designs" reaches its epic climax! In the last year, Batman has lost more than he could have imagined, and now he faces a cost so dear it will change the course of his life. And there is worse on the horizon. In the midst of all the horror, he can feel the drumbeat of battle. "Joker War" is coming, a...

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Liem Duong reviewed Year Zero #1 Jun 22, 2020
8.5

A really cool outake on a zombie Apocalypse, done by upcoming talent, Ben Percy with pencils by Ramon Rosanas. Year Zero is a comic series from AWA Upshot opens around a zombie apocalypse through the perception by multiple characters across the world.

You got a hit-man, and war-time refugee, a researcher, and really weird live-in-the-basement kook, you learn about the Apocalypse and eac more

Year Zero #1

By: Ben Percy, Ramon Rosanas
Released: May 20, 2020

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist - five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upo...

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8.0

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Jul 31, 2019

The world has been destroyed, and Batman is on a quest to find out who's responsible. But when villains from his past begin to complicate things for the Dark Knight, he finds an unlikely ally in a place known as "the Plains of Solitude."

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Liem Duong added Scott Snyder to their creator watch list Jun 21, 2020
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Liem Duong added Ben Percy to their creator watch list Jun 21, 2020
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